The EDtech Portal

The EDtech Portal was established in 2016 as part of a project I was completing for my MA in E-Learning Design and Development at CIT.
The aim of this project was to create e-learning content and so I created a platform which features free learning courses for teachers. Course content ranges from getting started with coding in the classroom to getting started with digital assessments.
Upon completion of each course,  the teacher will be rewarded with a certificate. There are also opportunities to engage with other teachers through the inbuilt forum on the platform.

To get started with The EDtech Portal you can visit the site here or sign up for each of the courses below.

1. Authoring digital books. 
2. Creating a class blog
3. Using social media in the classroom
4. Getting started with digital assessments
5. Creating e-portfolios with your class
6. Mobile film-making
7. Getting started with Virtual Reality 
8. Coding in the classroom

Creating a virtual reality city tour.


I’ve been interested in virtual reality for quite a while and learning it bit by bit but this year decided to full embrace it and use it in the classroom. One of the first projects created with it was 360 Cork. A project which uses 360 images of Cork with added pinpoints using ThingLink 360.

How it was created.
Step 1.
The first thing to do was to get the 360 images. I was lucky to have a Theta 360 to use and so took off on an adventure around the city using the camera to capture images from key locations in Cork including Cork City Gaol, The English Market and Patrick’s Street. The biggest challenge on this particular day was to beat the weather as it had rained for the previous 10 days and I knew it was going to rain that day too but luckily it held off for most of the trip. This entire process of capturing the city took about 4 hours.

Step 2.
Once I had my main 360 photos the next step was to upload them to ThingLink 360. From here I was able to build a menu to connect my locations and insert multimedia features like video, images of historical Cork and interesting facts. This process was pretty intuitive for a beginner and only took a couple of hours to complete.

How it was shared.
In September Cork Culture night was taking place and so I figured it would be the perfect time to showcase this project.  On the night of the event, we hosted it at Apple RTC Cork based in St. John’s Central College.

Feedback from the project.
The project received some amazing feedback on the night from kids who tried to find me in every location (one challenge when capturing 360 photos is to hide yourself in the shot). Other feedback was received from some of the older attendees who got all nostalgic and said it was lovely to see the comparison of the city they remembered with modern cork. I also received a lot of requests to capture other areas of the city. I will work on these in the future.

Link to the final project                                                                                                                         (Compatible with VR headsets as well as desktop and mobile devices)                                                         You can visit the final project here. 

Course 8 – Coding in the classroom

Here is the eight course in a set of 8 courses that feature both on this blog and also over on The EDtech Portal.

These screencasts will walk you through Coding in the classroom.

Note: If you want certification for this course you can take it over on The EDtech Portal. Upon completing the course activities you will receive a certificate and there are also lots of opportunities to engage with other course takers. If not you can just watch the screencasts in the playlist below.

For a full list of available courses check out our list here

Course 6 – Mobile film-making.

Here is the sixth course in a set of 8 courses that feature both on this blog and also over on The EDtech Portal.

These screencasts will walk you through mobile film-making.

Note: If you want certification for this course you can take it over on The EDtech Portal. Upon completing the course activities you will receive a certificate and there are also lots of opportunities to engage with other course takers. If not you can just watch the screencasts in the playlist below.

For a full list of available courses check out our list here

Course 5 – Creating ePortfolios with your class

Here is the fifth course in a set of 8 courses that feature both on this blog and also over on The EDtech Portal.

These screencasts will walk you through creating ePortfolios with your class.

Note: If you want certification for this course you can take it over on The EDtech Portal. Upon completing the course activities you will receive a certificate and there are also lots of opportunities to engage with other course takers. If not you can just watch the screencasts in the playlist below.

For a full list of available courses check out our list here

Course 4 – Getting started with digital assignments in the classroom.

Here is the fourth course in a set of 8 courses that feature both on this blog and also over on The EDtech Portal.

These screencasts will walk you through getting started with digital assignments in the classroom.

Note: If you want certification for this course you can take it over on The EDtech Portal. Upon completing the course activities you will receive a certificate and there are also lots of opportunities to engage with other course takers. If not you can just watch the screencasts in the playlist below.

For a full list of available courses check out our list here

Course 3 – Using social media in the classroom.

Below is the third of a set of 8 courses that feature both on this blog and also over on The EDtech Portal.

These screencasts will talk you through how to use social media in the classroom.

For a full list of available courses check out our list here

Note: If you want certification for this course you can take it over on The EDtech Portal. Upon completing the course activities you will receive a certificate and there are also lots of opportunities to engage with other course takers. If not you can just watch the screencasts in the playlist below.

Course 2 – Creating a Class Blog.

Below is the second of a set of 8 courses that feature both on this blog and also over on The EDtech Portal.

These screencasts will talk you through how to create a class blog.

For a full list of available courses check out our list here

Note: If you want certification for this course you can take it over on The EDtech Portal. Upon completing the course activities you will receive a certificate and there are also lots of opportunities to engage with other course takers. If not you can just watch the screencasts in the playlist below.

Course 1 – Create an iBook in iBooks Author course.

Below is the first of a set of 8 courses that feature both on this blog and also over on The EDtech Portal.

These screencasts will talk you through how to create a simple iBook for use in a classroom.

Note: If you want certification for this course you can take it over on The EDtech Portal. Upon completing the course activities you will receive a certificate and there are also lots of opportunities to engage with other course takers. If not you can just watch the screencasts in the playlist below.

For a full list of available courses check out our list here